French toast is one of the favorite recipes for people of all ages, but what if you want to avoid the extra carbs in bread? With toast in its title, one would never expect French toast without bread. Fortunately, there’s a way.
All you need to do is replace the bread component in the recipe with another ingredient, such as oatmeal, eggs, cauliflower, pumpkin, or eggplant.
Now, are you wondering how to make French toast without bread? Read on for a list of recipes for breadless French toast, what to expect from each recipe, as well as their pros and cons.
1 – How to Make Breadless French Toast With Oatmeal
Oatmeal can be an excellent substitute for the bread in French toast. In fact, it’s a much healthier choice. To make oatmeal French toast, you’ll need to make oatmeal toast and custard. Here are the ingredients for both.
- 4.7 oz of rolled oats (about a cup and a half)
- A quarter teaspoon of salt or Himalayan salt if you want a healthier choice.
- 18 oz of water (about two and a quarter cups)
- 4 oz of coconut milk (about half a cup)
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Half a teaspoon of maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons of chickpea flour
- 1 oz of ground nutmeg
So, how to cook this healthy oatmeal French toast recipe? Basically, you’ll work over three phases. Let’s see how:
Follow these steps to cook the oatmeal base of the recipe:
- In a large cooking pot, mix the salt and rolled oats in water.
- Heat the mixture until it boils.
- Slightly reduce the cooking temperature to allow your mixture to simmer.
- Let it simmer for about 5 minutes or until the oats absorb all the water.
- Line up a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Use a wooden spoon to spread the cooked oatmeal over the parchment paper to cover the entire tray.
- Leave the baking tray in the fridge overnight for best results, although you may use it after only two hours.
This is the second phase of the oatmeal French toast recipe. Follow these steps to make the custard:
- Mix the ingredients of your custard.
- Stir your mixture until it becomes homogeneous.
- Pour your mixture into a shallow dish.
This is the last phase of the recipe. Simply follow these steps to get a healthy, delicious dish:
- Take the cooked oatmeal out of the fridge.
- Slice it into equal-sized square pieces.
- Dip the oatmeal pieces in the custard on both sides.
- Add butter to a frying pan.
- Fry each side of your oatmeal piece for about three minutes until it gets a golden touch.
- Put your fried oatmeal French toast on a baking sheet.
- Put the baking sheet in the oven at 375°F for about 10 minutes to make it extra crispy.
Here’s a list of the pros of this recipe:
- This recipe is perfect for a vegan diet.
- Has only 77 kilocalories and 11 grams of carbs.
On the flip side, here are the cons of this breadless recipe:
- The oatmeal requires time in the fridge.
You should expect to get French toast that is:
- Creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside
- Light and healthy
2 – How to Make Breadless French Toast With Eggs
Apart from oatmeal, you can simply use eggs to make breadless French toast. That’s why it’s called the sweet omelet.
- Half a cup of milk
- Three large eggs
- One tablespoon of flour
- One tablespoon of sugar
Follow these steps to make delicious breadless French toast using only eggs:
- Crack the eggs over the flour, sugar, and milk.
- Mix the ingredients together for about 30 to 60 seconds until they form a homogeneous mixture.
- Brush oil or butter in a frying pan. You may opt for healthier choices such as vegan butter or coconut oil.
- Spread out the mixture across the surface of the pan.
- Cover the pan with a lid.
- Let it cook for about 7 minutes on medium heat.
- After your omelet is ready, remove it from the pan.
- Add topping according to your preference and serve.
- Low carb
- Fast since it only requires a total of 15 minutes
- Healthy and light
- Contains 189 kilocalories and 12 grams of carbs
- Not vegan, as it contains eggs
Expect your breadless French toast with eggs to be:
- Super light
- Extra sweet
3 – How to Make Breadless French Toast With Cauliflower
We know it’s hard to believe, but you can really make French toast with cauliflower instead of bread. Here’s what you need:
- A whole head of cauliflower
- A quarter tablespoon of salt
- Two eggs
- Half a cup of cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Cut your cauliflower into little pieces.
- Grind the cauliflower pieces to form little particles.
- Crack the eggs inside a bowl and stir them until they become homogeneously yellow.
- Add the cheddar and salt to the eggs.
- Stir for about 30 seconds.
- Add the cauliflower to the mix.
- Mix the ingredients well, and note that stirring won’t be easy as the mixture will become very thick.
- Use your hands to divide the mixture into equal servings the size of toast with a thickness between a quarter and half an inch.
- Spread parchment paper over a baking sheet.
- Place the cut-up pieces on the baking sheet, and put them in the oven.
- Bake it for about 5–10 minutes until you reach the golden brown look of the French toast.
- Add the toppings of your choice, and enjoy.
Here are the main pros of the recipe:
- Extra light
The following are the cons of this recipe:
- It can be hard to stir
- It won’t be very sweet
Expect your cauliflower French toast to be:
- Golden brown
Eggplant is another veggie that can substitute the bread component in the traditional French toast recipe.
- One large eggplant
- Two medium eggs
- Three tablespoons of milk
- Half a tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Quarter a tablespoon of cinnamon
Perhaps, you’re wondering how to use eggplant to make French toast despite its strong taste. You’re right, and that’s why this recipe comes in two phases.
Follow these steps to get rid of the strong flavor of the eggplant and make it neutral enough to fit the recipe.
- Peel the eggplant completely.
- Chop it into slices between a quarter and a half-inch thick.
- Sprinkle salt over the eggplant slices and place them on a strainer or a colander.
- Let them sit for about 30 minutes until their brownish fluid drains out, and with it goes the strong taste of eggplant.
- Rinse each slice of eggplant carefully.
- Pat them with a clean paper towel to dry them out.
- Crack and whisk the eggs in a medium bowl.
- Add the vanilla extract, milk, and cinnamon to it.
- Whisk until the mixture becomes homogeneous.
- Insert a fork into each slice of eggplant for better absorption.
- Soak the eggplant slices in the egg mixture.
- Add oil or butter to a frying pan.
- Fry the eggplant slices until they reach the golden look typical to French toast.
Among the advantages of this recipe is that it’s:
On the other hand, its cons include that:
- It’s a bit time-consuming
- The egg plant’s strong taste may still have some residue.
You should expect your eggplant French toast to be:
- Not so fluffy
Now, this is the most fun recipe as you do it all from scratch. Oh, don’t worry. It’s still fast and super easy.
- One tablespoon of butter
- One medium egg
- Three tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Three tablespoons of almond flour
- Two teaspoons of coconut flour
- A quarter teaspoon of baking powder
- One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- One teaspoon of powdered sugar substitute
- One tablespoon of sugar-free maple syrup
Since you do it all yourself, this recipe involves two phases: making the batter and turning it into French toast.
- Melt some butter in a bowl and leave it to cool.
- Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and unsweetened almond milk.
- Whisk the mixture thoroughly.
- Add the baking powder, coconut flour, and almond flour.
- Pour the mixture into an 8 oz square ramekin so that it takes the square shape typical to the toast.
- Put it in the microwave for about a minute or a minute and a half.
- Take the low-carb bread out of the microwave and cut it horizontally into two slices.
- Melt some butter in a non-stick pan or skillet.
- Fry the low-carb bread over medium heat for about 2–3 minutes on each side.
- Add your topping, and voila!
The advantages of this recipe include that it’s:
- Low carb
- Fit for keto or low-carb diets
- Requires some work
You should expect your low-carb French toast to be:
- Soft and spongy
- With no fluids
Here’s another way to make French toast without bread. All you need to do is use pumpkin as the core ingredient of the recipe. Here’s how:
- One Egg
- Half a cup of liquid egg whites
- Half a cup of pumpkin puree
- Half a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- Two teaspoons of artificial sweetener
- Two teaspoons of cinnamon
Follow these steps to make the breadless French toast with pumpkin:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Mix the egg whites, pumpkin puree, artificial sweetener, pumpkin pie spice, and eggs in a blender to make the batter.
- Pour the mixture into a loaf pan.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
- Bake it in the oven for about 40–45 minutes. If you choose to use the microwave, bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool.
- Cut the resulting bread into slices.
- Put the slices in a toaster oven until they become golden brown.
Among the pros of this recipe is that it’s:
The recipe also has some cons, including:
- It’s time-consuming, especially if you use the oven.
Expect your breadless pumpkin French toast to be:
Still wondering how to make French toast without bread? There are several different ways to do it. All you need to do is choose a bread substitute, such as pumpkin, eggplant, cauliflower, eggs, or oatmeal.
No matter how you choose to make your breadless French toast, it’s a recipe worth trying.
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